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a statement on the debt ceiling. >> because the debt ceiling is the fight coming up next, as you know, brian, and everything the president would like to do at the start of that second term including new gun laws, immigration reform, energy. all those things will really be locked into place unless he can get some agreement on the debt, the president said he won't negotiate with congress about the debt ceiling, but we could be headed to another standoff, another kind of fiscal cliff similar to what we saw last summer unless that can be resolved. the president wants to get ahead of that, really put the responsibility on republicans in congress and make it clear he just doesn't want to budge. >> keep in mind the president will walk behind you any moment. there is a very thin line between leverage coming off an election and lame duck status, and the president has a robust agenda for this term number 2. >> it is, and the first year of second terms are the ones you have a shot as sitting president to have the most productive parts. but i want to go back and emphasize something david said, and that
this is according to the white house. he's going to be focusing though on the debt ceiling. that will be his opening statement. now, the president has made repeated calls for congress to raise the limit without strings attached. we'll see how it goes. also likely to be mentioned in today's presidential news conference is the administration's push for gun control. today marked one month since the deadly shooting in newtown, connecticut. but vice president joe biden is expected to deliver his recommendations to the president tomorrow is holding one last meeting today with a dozen house democrats. as the gun control discussion takes center stage on capitol hill, the white house is already saying it will put its full force behind those proposals including what could be the toughest fight, the call to revibe the assault weapons ban. >> assault weapon ban is a tough one because it's hard to define what assault weapon is. and if we're just defining it by what it looks like, that doesn't do much for me. >> you think you have enough on capitol hill to keep an assault weapons ban fro
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